Nhleko grilled over alleged R30m tender awarded to girlfriend

MPs have been grilling Police Minister Nathi Nhleko over a range of issues including his alleged spat with Ipid head Robert McBride.

FILE: Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has questioned the origin of the story alleging he awarded a R30 million tender to his girlfriend.

He is facing questions by the Parliament’s police portfolio committee on Wednesday.

Members of Parliament have been grilling Nhleko over a range of issues including his alleged spat with Ipid head Robert McBride.

The minister has reiterated he did not award the tender.

“It is a lie and continues to be a lie. What fascinates me largely is why the lie has been told, at what price and for who’s benefit? In the annual report this portfolio committee dealt with, there’s no stating of the R30 million and in the AG’s work there is no R30 million. So where does it come from?”

In his opening, however, Nhleko said he would not be answering questions on Ipid issues.

He says the committee must call him to specifically discuss the directorate.

“We wouldn’t want to deal with that issue outside of the directives of Parliament. For example, there’s this particular process that has got to be started. We feel that any other discussion outside of that designated practice borders on unfair labour practices.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)